Review: “Highland: The Better Way to Write a Screenplay”

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Hello people! I hope you all had a great holiday weekend. I’m exhausted. I feel like I need a holiday from my holiday. Friends were in town. Drinks were drunk. Sleep wasn’t slept…

I’m sure you’ve noticed the little Highland ad running in the top right corner of the screen. There used to be a final draft ad up there to help cover some of the costs of running this little website. I’ve worked in Final Draft the entire time I’ve been writing screenplays, so the program is very second nature to me. However, at $250 … it’s fucking expensive… and I don’t see many new writers wanting to spend that kind of cash.  Highland on the other hand costs $30.  I’ll let you do the math.

I’ve been working with Highland over the past few weeks — and I actually really love it.  I’m the kind of writer who is super meticulous about how the words look on the page. I don’t like to leave any hanging words in action descriptions. I don’t like starting a scene at the end of a page and I pay way too much attention to page count. Highland doesn’t let me do any of that. It keeps me doing the only thing I need to be doing — which is write. No distractions. And the best part is, Highland will convert all the text into screenplay format automatically. You can always tab over and see what the screenplay will look like. Which means you can write in any program — word, email, notepad, google docs — and just copy and paste that text into highland and it will automatically convert it for you.

When I’m done with the first draft in highland, I’m still going to export the highland file into a final draft file (which is super easy to do) to make those meticulous formatting changes — but all those formatting changes are super pointless in the first draft! I actually think I write 2x as fast in highland.

But enough from me. Just watch the video below.

Go check it out!

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